Prime Minister Boris Johnson has resigned, ending an unprecedented political crisis over his future that has paralyzed Britain's government, USA Today reported. He said he will stay in office until the Conservative Party selects a new leader who will then take over as prime minister.
Johnson had rebuffed calls by his Cabinet to step down in the wake of ethics scandals. He gave in after more than 40 ministers quit his government and urged him to leave.
Minutes before the news broke, Treasury chief Nadhim Zahawi called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign just 36 hours after Johnson put him in the job, while another newly appointed Cabinet minister quit her post. Zahawi was appointed July 5 to replace Rishi Sunak, who resigned after saying he could no longer support Johnson after a series of ethics scandals.
Johnson had remained in power despite allegations that he was too close to party donors, that he protected supporters from bullying and corruption allegations, and that he misled Parliament and was dishonest to the public about government office parties that broke pandemic lockdown rules.
Regarding the LGBTQ+ community, Johnson recently made anti-trans remarks, saying he backed the FINA ban on transgender swimmers, The Washington Blade reported. Also, he released a video message marking Pride Month, but received pushback and was told by one Twitter user, "You're an absolute disgrace." Johnson's Tory-led government seemingly has been more indifferent to Britain's LGBTQ and intersex communitytransgender people, in particularaccording to activists and the largest LGBTQ and intersex advocacy group, Stonewall UK.